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2019-01-07Jan 7, 2019

Artists are invited to propose works of a restorative nature for use in the EcoArts 2.0 sculpture walk.  This may include sculptures that provide "architecture" or habitat--to replace trees that are gone, and certain replanting efforts that have minor earth disturbance. 

2018-11-27Nov 27, 2018
2018-11-07Nov 7, 2018

Around midday, on October 19th, 2018, I made my way around the nature preserve that I manage in Northern California, collecting all of the footage from the trail cameras that I have positioned on the land. Having seen at least two mountain lions pass by one of my cameras at 7:45 in the morning, I expected that the big cats would be bedded down amongst the nearby cypress and manzanita for the day. I knew that the lions would be rising around sunset, so at around 5:30 in the afternoon, I headed out the ridge-top trail where the camera trap had photographed the predators nine hours prior. I moved towards one of the more overgrown paths, and in an instant, was watching two mountain lion heads bobbing their way up the steep slope towards me.

2018-10-19Oct 19, 2018

Halloween is a Holiday for KIDS who pretend to be anything but what and who they are. Choosing and carving pumpkins, playing games, costumes, mazes - it's a great time to play. There are also plenty of opportunities to be creative! Check out our list of events at Sonoma County Libraries!

2018-10-06Oct 6, 2018

Sonoma County Gazette LOCAL GUIDE to all Día de los Muertos Events and Ceremonies. Also, art and history classes. Día de los Muertos is November 2nd, but there are many events before. 

2018-10-05Oct 5, 2018

Encouraging you to VOTE for what YOU believe is GOOD for YOUR Community

 

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

tel:17077852648Today I head a fire captain on the news say,“We don’t have a fire season anymore, fires are now all year long”. I think this is very true. We all need to be more vigilant than ever as we work around our homes and our community.If you see something that is dangerous and could potentially cause a fire, please do something.Report it...

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Sonoma County DRAFT Fire Recovery and Resiliency Plan - PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE: October 26, 2018. As we continue to recover and rebuild a year after the North Bay fires of October 2017, the DRAFT Recovery and Resiliency Framework just released by the Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resiliency offers a pathway for starting to look forward.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

The wildfires of October 2017 destroyed more than homes, neighborhoods, and open space. They burned almost a fourth of the county’s parkland and damaged or destroyed parks in Santa Rosa as well.

Measure M on the November ballot will provide funds for aggressive action to reduce fire risk in parks in the unincorporated areas of the county and for improving and maintaining existing county and city parks.

2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018

In the not so distant past, the controversies around what risk different chemicals such as Glyphosates posed to human health pitted the Federal regulators against the Industry representatives. Now, in this new era, many of the leaders at the Environmental Protection Energy have actually come from the ranks of Chemical Industry lobbyists. Not surprisingly, despite increasing evidence of human toxicity, these regulators seem to be losing interest in limiting human exposure to these potentially dangerous substances.

2018-09-26Sep 26, 2018

Fall is here. The days have been getting noticeably shorter while the nights have been getting longer as we slowly head towards the Winter Solstice. 

2019-01-03Jan 3, 2019

I thought our property was free from mountain lions. But, after mysteriously losing four goats within a few months, I learned more about mountain lions than I ever wanted to know.

2018-09-14Sep 14, 2018

What if I told you last year there were 2,412,151 cigarette butts or 1,739743 food wrappers all collected from beach cleanups. Shocking, right? Well here’s one more: enough balloons were collected to lift a great white shark according to Ocean Conservancy in 2017. All that trash would still be on the beaches if people like you didn’t help. This year International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 15, 2018. There are cleanups taking place all over the world; many in Sonoma County. So, choose your beach or river and come out and make a difference. Let’s try and get all the trash out before the rains come. If you cannot make the September 15th cleanup there are other ongoing/monthly events throughout the county.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The California Towhee is an unassuming bird. It scurries around the ground in suburban neighborhoods inconspicuously, scratching for seeds and insects. It is often described as plain brown and drab, especially when compared to the more ornate Spotted Towhee. However, the California Towhee has some subtleties that are often overlooked. For instance, it has cinnamon-colored feathers under the tail. It also dons a charmingly understated matching necklace.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

It’s been a sheep solution: Carefully controlled grazing has eliminated many of the non-native, invasive plants that were choking out flowers and native grasses. Not only that, the sheep have created a significant fire break because the same invasive plants that choke out wildflowers are fast-burning fuel for wildfires.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The Sonoma County Office of Resilience and Recovery's five year Fire Recovery Plan and the Sonoma County General Plan Update will prioritize land-use altercations and other policies with the goal of reducing fire risk, improving emergency preparedness, and making our communities and lands more resilient, healthy and climate-smart.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

We all know that fire is one of the oldest and most powerful tools that humans have but what we often forget is that most of the landscapes we know and love have also been shaped by fire, and in many cases, by fires that humans have started.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

The Spring Lake Water Bark, a leash-free day for dogs to swim and romp on the sand, kicks off at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon onSaturday, September 8. Water Bark days will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 8-9, 16, 22-23 and 29-30. No Water Bark will be held on Saturday, September 15 because Spring Lake will be busy with a cross country meet that day.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

In the last publication, I asked for readers to send me their suggestions, concerns or questions regarding the expanding homeless population in Graton. I received a lot of feedback. Some from e-mails, some calls and then some just passing conversations on the street.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

As a result of last year’s Putnam Challenge Grant, nearly $200,000 has been allocated to improvements in this beloved Petaluma parkHelen Putnam Park visitors will notice improved trail access, a rock retaining wall overlook above the pond, and new picnic tables. Over the next 12 to 24 months, expect more trail work, habitat restoration, enhanced directional and interpretive signage and an upgrade of accessible parking and pathways to restrooms.

 

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

I love September! For me I can just feel that change is around the corner. We start to think about the many fall time events and slow down a little.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

As the tilted Earth orbits the sun, there are times when the top half (northern hemisphere) is leaning toward the sun and receiving more daylight than night (summer) and times when it’s leaning away from the sun and receiving more night than daylight (winter). In between these two extremes, there are times when neither hemisphere is leaning toward nor away from the sun, and both hemispheres receive equal amounts of day and night. On September 22nd at 6:40 pm, Earth will be in this position and Fall will officially begin as we experience what’s known as the Autumnal Equinox. Equinox is a Latin word, roughly translated to mean “Equal Night” meaning, equal amounts of night. 

 

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Redwood Creek is a tributary to Jonive Creek, which weaves under and along Bodega Highway before entering Atascadero Creek at the northwest corner of Ragle Ranch ParkAtascadero Creek then flows through Graton into Green Valley Creek, which meets the Russian River in Forestville. Green Valley Creek is renowned as a critical and productive stronghold for endangered coho salmon and was the last stream in the Russian River watershed to support three consecutive year classes of coho (representing all year classes, given that coho have a three-year life cycle). For decades, it has been a focal point of local salmon recovery efforts, but comparably little is known about the potential of Atascadero Creek and its tributary streams to support salmon.

 

2018-08-07Aug 7, 2018

Scintillating rhythm spreads across vineyards and historic ruins in Jack London State Historic Park with Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway spectacular ‘Shall We Dance’ which lives up to its name with flashy choreography by Marc Kimelman.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Summer is slipping by soooo fast, as it always does. I hope you are all enjoying each and every day finding time to just laze around. Creating summertime fun, tending to the house, the garden, packing for trips, visits from family and friends, concerts, beach time, art shows, river time, summer camps, festivals that are favorites – how does one fit it all in and also relax!!

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Algae bloom in the lower reaches of the Russian River has been showing itself in alarming abundance this summer. Areas where in the past algae would typically line the shoreline gravel beaches, have seen the bloom cover the entire river surface from shore to shore. The areas above Bridgehaven up to Sheephouse Creek were especially bad.

 

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

With great weather heading into fall, it’s the perfect time to get out on your bike. Living here in Sonoma County we are blessed with many different choices. Depending on your mood you can pick from rolling vineyards, steep climbs or twisty coastal roads. One thing I also take into consideration is the location of the ride.

2018-07-17Jul 17, 2018

Sonoma County Regional Parks has recruited some assistance for fire prevention and invasive species removal: sheep. A flock of sheep will spend the next five weeks grazing along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail near Sebastopol, removing dry vegetation and non-native plant species.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

FIRE TRUCK ACCESS During emergencies fire trucksmust have clear access to fires. Parked cars that obstruct access can be ticketed or removed. We are having serious problems in neighborhoods close to the Russian River with cars blocking access while visiting beaches. Any obstructions can delay or even prevent adequate emergency operations. The delay could cost someone’s life.

2019-01-02Jan 2, 2019

Spotting a Great Blue Heron is a nice way to start off the New Year and, in Sonoma County, it's easy. The gorgeous, graceful birds, with soft gray-blue feathering and long legs and unbelievably long and slender necks, are often visible at Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma, or Bodega Bay, or in The Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands.

2018-12-30Dec 30, 2018

Give them an inch and they’ll take an acre…as the California Invasive Pest Council says. There are a whopping 195 invasive plant species in Sonoma County. In the northwestern forest region which includes Mendocino County, 265 invasive species have been identified. An invasive plant species is non-native and aggressively out-competes native species! In other words, they spread fast and crowd out other plants, harming ecosystems and impacting water quality. Native plants provide shelter and food for native insects, birds, and animals. Invasive species tend not to have habitat value. In fact, they sometimes destroy the very habitats native species need to survive. 

2018-12-30Dec 30, 2018

As part of my annual New Year tradition, I am highlighting some of the new California state laws (most of which are in effect as of January 1, 2019 unless expressed otherwise in the law). Keep in mind that during the 2018 Legislative Session, over one thousand Assembly Bills (AB) and Senate Bills (SB) collectively passed. Governor Jerry Brown signed 1,016 of the 1,217 that landed on his desk (he vetoed the rest).  New laws limiting plastic straws, increasing renewable sources for electricity, Gun control, protecting Net Neutrality and others.

 

2018-12-19Dec 19, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!   Winter is in full swing, and while you may not notice it, the days are slowly getting longer. Ever since December 21st, the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun’s arc across the sky has been gradually making its way north, thereby increasing our daylight and reducing our darkness.  It definitely becomes more noticeable as we head into mid to late February but fear not, it’s happening now.

2018-12-12Dec 12, 2018

At the December 11th public hearing and meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to include the all Class 1 trails - such as West County and Joe Radota Trails - as Regional Parks to afford them the 1,000-foot setback protections from Cannabis operations. 

2018-12-11Dec 11, 2018

At its last meeting of the year, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors altered the zoning code for cannabis farms, approved staff recommendations for housing funding, and extended several staff contracts among other items during a 10-hour meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

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